St. Vincent de Paul is a network of volunteer members inspired by Gospel values to serve our neighbors in need. The purpose of the Society is to fulfill the two great commandments — love of God and love of neighbor. We grow in faith together, while providing material and spiritual help to people in our immediate community, responding to the opportunities God presents to us.

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Caseworker – A volunteer role that serves as the point person for facilitating help to a neighbor. Through personal relationships and care for the dignity of the neighbor, the caseworker explores options to alleviate a temporary financial burden, or other issue that may impede stability.

How We Help Our Neighbors in Need

St. Vincent de Paul provides help and hope to neighbors in need of financial assistance, food, clothing, housing resources and more. Building personal relationships with the people we serve, including in-home visits, sets us apart from many other social services and is oftentimes where real change takes place in people’s lives. Neighbors in need of assistance call our Help Line to be directed to the local chapter, or parish-based Conference.

About St. Vincent de Paul Georgia

Founded in 1903 by a group of concerned parishioners at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia is a trusted, faith-based non-profit organization serving neighbors in need throughout the state of Georgia. SVdP Georgia operates a main service center in Chamblee with a full-time staff providing a walk-in food pantry, case management, a free pharmacy and other more, along with programs and services provided by 73 parish-based chapters throughout the state.


St. Vincent de Paul conferences are the heartbeat of the Society. Conferences are based out of dozens of parishes throughout the state, with each conference serving an assigned territory within their local community. Neighbors who call our help line are directed to the appropriate conference for intake. Conferences establish their own guidelines for assistance, allowing leeway to find creative solutions that fit the needs of their communities.  From community gardens and Christmas toy drives to rent and utility assistance- Conferences are the life blood of St. Vincent de Paul services within our communities.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Our Humble Beginnings

In the midst of the political, social, religious, and economic turmoil of early 19th century France, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul originated. A young student, Antoine Frédéric Ozanam was appalled by the conditions he saw in Paris. On April 23, 1833, Ozanam’s 20th birthday, the young man invited five other students to a meeting, where they founded the first Conference of Charity to assist the poor. This Catholic lay organization was intended to help members increase in holiness by loving service to those in need.

After electing Emmanuel Bailly, a married layman, as their first president, they changed their name to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in honor of their patron saint. The six young founders solicited the assistance of the now-Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a Catholic nun who formed the young men in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, teaching the founders how to serve the poor with respect and compassion.

Nearly two centuries later, the work of St. Vincent de Paul spans 150 countries with 800,000 members – 96,000 of which are in the U.S.  Ozanam’s vision- to build a network of charity and social justice to encircle the world- has been realized in spades and continues to inspire the work of Vincentian volunteers throughout the world.

Guided by the examples of their patron, St. Vincent de Paul, and the founder of the St. Vincent de Paul charitable organization, Frederic Ozanam, early members of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia sought to live their faith by caring for others, and became pioneers in the development of social programs to help those suffering from poverty.  Today the worldwide Society of St. Vincent de Paul remains committed to a more equal society: through respect and love of neighbor, joy of mission, and personal contact with those in need.

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